Guest Instructors at BeadFX

As manyof you are aware, from time to time we invite guest instructors up to BeadFX. Most recently we have added Kate McKinnon and Beau Anderson to our calender! It is very important that anyone interested register in advance for these classes. This is why we have put deadlines on some of these classes, this is to ensure that we have a good commitment to the class before the instructors get up here. That being said, let me just remind you what we have coming up this spring. May 16th to 18th Kate McKinnon will be here. She is teaching …

Hammers and Punches and Seedbeads, Oh My!

The UPS guy was moaning and groaning today when he delivered 6 very heavy cartons of stuff today. We’ve been restocking our much depleted hooks after last month’s March Madness sale. First off was a 50lb box of Toho beads, the second of two to arrive this week. The Miyuki delicas, cubes and fringe drops arrived just before the holidays and are waiting their turn to be packaged. The rest of the big cartons today were from our tool supplier. So now we have lots of 2-hole punches, chasing hammers, rubber bench blocks and nylon jaw pliers. If you’ve been …

More stuff on Swarovski

Not sure I’m thinking too clearly this a.m. – 3 days of sun and lovely weather – can you believe the weather? How awesome was that weekend. Beats the heck out of Easter Weekend last year, which I spent in the Veterinary Emergency Clinic. Anyhoo – more ramblings on new stuff from Swarovski. This stuff on the left is called “Crystal Rocks.” Kewel, eh? It is faceted stones on a silicone (clear, flexible) backing, with a hot fix glue on the back. It is intended for fabric decoration, in things like shoes, purses, items that will not be washed on …

Time Sponge: All the Best Blogs,or the worst?

Oh jeez – do NOT go to this site if you ever want to have free time again. This collection of blogs, called 2leep.com (not sure how that is pronounced, to-leep or sleep). Anyway – this is a time-sponge and a half, with the same sort of fascination that is elicited by trashy tabloids and car accidents and other-peoples-misfortunes. Resist, if you can, Divorce Cakes, The Biggest Holes in the Earth, When Worms Attack Your Car. Ignore the links at the bottom of each page if you can – to other fascinating items, such as Worst Photoshop Mistakes. or Most …

Sneek Peek at Next Week

I continue to be behind the curve in terms of the next update – you take a week off, and wind up two weeks behind. It’s almost not worth going. Almost, but not really. 😉 Anyhoo – new stone of the month for sure – Indian Blood Stone – an unsavory name if you think about it too much – but a rich dark green, flecked with red spots and splashes of other colour – some quite surprising. What all else? – I’m scared to say and jinx it. Besides, aren’t you still busy shopping last week’s massive Swarovski update?

Nice day to do a whole lot of nothing

I hope wherever you are you’re having as nice weather as we are here.  I’ve slept in, and I’m enjoying my first coffee. The big debate today will be whether to take the kids to the park, or down to the beach to collect rocks.  I doubt I’ll get much beading or jewelry done today, but hopefully some time to clean out the garden a bit. If you do have some time for your art, and can get a head start on your Mothers Day projects – Check out the latest Swarovski Inspirations on Create Your Style.     http://www.create-your-style.com/Content.Node/inspiration/designs/MOTHER-S-DAY-GIFT-BOX.en.php   …

Ohhhhh….

Did you see the crystal update?!   http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/swarovskiother.php#27756211010283 I am so in love with this colour. I think I need to do a little shopping, and my bank account won’t be too happy – but I will 🙂 And since it’s April 1st – http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/landing/translateforanimals/tour.html